Calls for 'complete overhaul' of UK university application process

University workers are demanding an overhaul of the UK higher education application system after a report revealed that five out of every six predicted results for A-levels turns out to be wrong.


Research commissioned by the University and College Union (UCU), which analysed the results of 1.3 million students over a three-year period, found that the majority of students applying to university are predicted better results than they ultimately achieve.


The study by Dr Gill Wyness of the University College London Institute of Education revealed that just16% of applicants’ grades were predicted correctly; three-quarters were over-predicted and 9% were under-predicted.


Under the current system, most students make applications to universities based on their predicted grades, which leads to uncertainty for both students and institutions when results differ from predictions – as they frequently do. Many students end up securing places through the clearing system.


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